Despite extraordinary circumstances and an abrupt end to their time at ESMS, our 2020 Leavers have surpassed our expectations, achieving extraordinary results and carving out a wide range of exciting future pathways.
We are proud to share that all students who applied to university received offers from at least one of their preferred institutions and applications this year were made to all 26 Russell Group universities. In addition, there were four successful Oxbridge candidates.
The most popular courses for this year’s Sixth Form group included a mixture of Sciences, Engineering, Business, Accounting and Law. Strong numbers across ESMS applied for STEM subjects, with around of a quarter of MES leavers choosing to study a STEM subject at university.
It is interesting to see our forward-looking students applying to courses that we are sure will have an impact on the way we live our lives in the future, including Ethical Hacking, Sustainable Development and Global Food Security and Agriculture. Many students this year also applied to courses with an element of performance, with applications accepted to both the Oxford School of Drama and the Rose Bruford College of Theatre in London and further numbers accepted onto Media and Performance Studies courses. Two students are also starting Acting Foundation courses.
The global outlook adopted at ESMS is reflected in the number of pupils each year who choose to apply to institutions across the UK or abroad, and this year was no exception. We are excited to share that Joe Ewing (SMC School Captain 2019/20) and Thea Tjolle (2020 leaver), have been accepted to study at Harvard University. Billy Doyle (2019 leaver) will also be starting his Athletics Scholarship to Princeton University this year.
The wide range of courses applied directly reflecting the breadth of education, diversity of interests, and aptitude of pupils at ESMS, some of which include Film Production, Marine Biology, Aeronautical Engineering, Archaeology, Japanese, Robotics and Interior and Environmental Design.
Those who have chosen not to attend university are involved in planned Gap Years while other students are also pursuing careers outside of university, including a full-time contract with Aberdeen FC, Modern Apprenticeships and a College Course in Graphic Communication.
On average this year 98% of our Sixth Form students continued to gain entry to one of their universities of choice. Given the pressures of this past year and ever-increasing competition for places, this is testament to the hard work and commitment of our students themselves and to the teachers who support them.
We wish our 2020 Sixth Form all the best as they embark on their next step in life, whatever that may be.